or being a "bucket filler" seems to have really caught on in a lot of schools.
We have this program in ours. The idea is to encourage positive behavior. Children catch on fast and see how easy and rewarding it is to express sincere kindness, appreciation, and caring about others on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I wanted to think up a quick and easy end-of-the-year
"bucket filler" so to speak, that would help promote a child's self-esteem
Thus, the Classmate Compliment Cat Craftivity was born.
I chose a cat not only because of the alliteration, but because my kiddos absolutely love Pete the Cat
, so it was no surprise to me when many of them colored their kitty various shades of blue.
Students accordion fold
the template following the lines, which provides wonderful fine motor practice, then they color and glue their cat to the top of their folded paper.
Decide on a direction, and have children pass their "compliment cat" to another child to write something nice about them on one of the accordion-folded sections.
They continue passing 'til everyone has signed all of their classmates’ cats, and end up with their own.
So students get a special compliment from their teacher
, make sure you are part of the signing, or write a personal note to each child on the colorful, (4-on-a-page) note
Add the finishing touch by having students glue a piece of colorful border
to the top.
The cats make a wonderful bulletin board
, or look cute hung as a border along a hallway wall.
I’ve included two posters
for your display.
The packet also includes 5 colorful bookmarks
that you can pass out to everyone after they have completed their projects.
I’ve also included a different, black and white bookmark option, if you want this year’s students
to color it and then write a note to next year’s kiddos
wishing them a “purr-featly wonderful year”.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me. No matter when you decide to do this activity, I hope your students really enjoy making a compliment cat.
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